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Britten: Works For String Orchestra / Achim Fiedler, Lucerne Festival Strings


Release Date: 02/01/2009 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 723   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Since its foundation in 1956, the works of Benjamin Britten have been among the Lucerne Festival String‘s core repertoire. The Simple Symphony plays with its basic musical material in masterly simplicity, proving Britten‘s complete command of compositional handiwork. In the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, however, the poetic idea cross-fades over the structural level, seeing as how the work is a musical characterization of Frank Bridge, Britten’s mentor. Britten’s last work for string orchestra, Prelude and Fugue, is the master’s greatest achievement. With contrapuntal technique that uses up to 18 different voices, this piece places the highest demands on the virtuosic abilities of the musicians. Since its foundation in 1956, the works of Benjamin Britten have been among the Lucerne Festival String‘s core repertoire. The Simple Symphony plays with its basic musical material in masterly simplicity, proving Britten‘s complete command of compositional handiwork. In the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, however, the poetic idea cross-fades over the structural level, seeing as how the work is a musical characterization of Frank Bridge, Britten’s mentor. Britten’s last work for string orchestra, Prelude and Fugue, is the master’s greatest achievement. With contrapuntal technique that uses up to 18 different voices, this piece places the highest demands on the virtuosic abilities of the musicians. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
2.
Simple Symphony for Strings, Op. 4 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
Written: 1933-1934; England 
3.
Prelude and Fugue for 18-part String Orchestra, Op. 29 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Achim Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 

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